Hannah Casey, Olympia Pope Down Aussie Age Records

2022 AUSTRALIAN AGE CHAMPIONSHIPS

We reported on the impressive swim by 16-year-old Flynn Southam in the men’s 200m free final here at the 2022 Australian Age Championships, but there were several other notable swims on day one of the able-bodied portion of the competition.

Competing in the women’s 200m freestyle for 15-year-olds, Hannah Casey scored a new national age record with her winning time of 1:58.49.

Opening in 57.27 and closing in 1:01.22, Marist College’s Casey logged the only sub-2:00 time of the field, knocking nearly 5 seconds off of her 2:03.37 baseline outing from prelims.

With her podium-topping performance, Casey’s 1:58.49 overtook the previous age record of 1:59.37 multi-World Junior Championships gold medalist Lani Pallister put on the books in 2018. Casey’s result here also surpasses the previous All Comers age record of 1:58.86 previously held by Marion’s Emily Liu.

In another women’s race, the 200m breaststroke, 13-year-old Olympia Pope fired off a new record of her own en route to grabbing gold.

Touching the wall in 2:31.71 to take her age group’s national title, Pope knocked a significant amount of time off of her own previous record, a time which stood at 2:32.61 from last December. In that previous PB-setting swim, Pope split 1:12.86/1:19.75 to crank out the best time of her young career before this evening.


											
										

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Wendy Pope
5 months ago

Olympia Pope won the treble for 13 years girls breaststroke, winning the 50, 100 and 200.
3rd in 200 IM, 4th 400 free.

Troyy
5 months ago

15 year old Marcus Da Silva just went 50.56 while leading off the 4×100 free.

Troyy
5 months ago

Three 54s in the girls 15 year 100 free final!

54.30 Hannah Casey (#2 alltime in the age group behind Cate Campbell)
54.82 Olivia Wunsch
54.94 Milla Jansen

Last edited 5 months ago by Troyy
SHRKB8
5 months ago

What a night in Adelaide, really sets the scene for a great week of racing. Interesting to see if they make the trek back down to Adelaide next month for trials? I imagine they would be in the hunt for Open National team selection with these times.

commonwombat
Reply to  SHRKB8
5 months ago

Unless there is sufficient funding, its hard to see too many of these age groupers making a 2nd trip.

Whilst these performances ARE, undeniably creditable; the reality is that only Southam is the only one of those highlighted who’s time is anywhere near “ball-park” for selection.

AUS has a veritable ruck of 1.56/1.57 200 free performers and Pope is around 5-6sec away from the 200brs mark.

Under normal circumstances, where Nationals and Age Nationals run near concurrently; a very strong case can be made for age-groupers like Casey/Pope gaining the valuable Open racing experience …… and possibly making B finals at that level. When they are a month apart …. and when you’re taking 2 travel and accomodation… Read more »

Matt
Reply to  commonwombat
5 months ago

100% agree re: the month apart and the travel/accommodation expenses as well as annual leave for at least one parent.

Troyy
Reply to  SHRKB8
5 months ago

Southam already said last year that his goal is a senior team this year so you’d think he’ll be at trials.

Joel
Reply to  Troyy
5 months ago

He just broke Chalmers age record . 48.60

Troyy
Reply to  Joel
5 months ago

Yep! Commented about it under the Southam post. I’m glad his hard work has paid off because he seemed a bit frustrated last year.

commonwombat
Reply to  Troyy
5 months ago

He’s certainly put himself in the likely mix for selection; even more so after his 48.62. The trio of sub 54s in the 15y 100free, especially Casey’s 54.30 certainly strengthens their case for starts at Open Nats/Trials.

Again, under usual circumstances; such a decision would be much easier. Having the 2 meets a month apart is, however, bringing a number of additional considerations into that equation. We’ll clearly see a quotient of Age groupers turning up; but most likely a smaller percentage than usual.

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